Save The Trident

By on 18th June, 2013

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Save The Trident

T&D History Blog

Thorne & Derrick have sponsored the restoration of the Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C G-ARPO being held at the North East Aircraft Museum. T&D are providing the underground ducting pipe which is providing the power to the Trident in its new display position at the museum.

The Trident 1C G-ARPO was the 16th Trident built. The aircraft was built in Hatfield UK and had its first flight on the 13th January 1965 operating under BEA British European Airways & British Airways. The Trident G-ARPO had its last final service on the 16th March 1983 going from Glasgow to London Heathrow. The aircraft served for 18 years, following this the G-ARPO was ferried to the Teeside Airport in 1983 being used at the Civil aviation Authority's (Serco) fire training school. This 1C G-ARPO Trident was the only one spared from burning and destruction, only being used for evacuation and smoke training. This meant that the aircraft is largely still intact with many interior fittings still present.

Recognised as being at the end of its useful life with Serco, the company kindly agreed to donate the aircraft to the Save the Trident Organisation for relocation and preservation. After a period of dismantling the Trident G-ARPO into transportable parts (fuselage, tail, horizontal stabiliser, and wings), it was moved to the North East Aircraft Museum at Sunderland for preservation.

The plan is for the North East Aircraft Museum to reassemble and preserve the aircraft in the colour scheme of Northeast Airlines, who flew Tridents from Newcastle and Teesside Airports in the 1970s, before merging into British Airways. The trident 1C G-ARPO  will be restored internally with original fittings and an exhibition of Trident memorabilia.

Save the Trident represents the bid to save and preserve the last complete Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident 1C anywhere in the world. Thie Trident G-ARPO is the 16th Trident built and the last 1C to fly. The aircraft was moved to the North East Aircraft Museum at Sunderland in Summer 2011 and will be restored.

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Photos of the Trident 1C G-ARPO: Thorne & Derrick Flickr

Photos from the North East Aircraft Museum: Thorne & Derrick UK Facebook

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Video: Save the Trident (G-ARPO)

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